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Solar Energy in Santa Cruz, CA

Solar Energy in Santa Cruz

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Solar Panels in Santa Cruz

Solar panels in Santa Cruz that are tilted towards the equator at an angle equal to the latitude will produce the maximum solar energy output. [More]

Sunrise & Sunset in Santa Cruz

The total length of the day in Santa Cruz, CA today (May 29, 2020) will be 14 hours and 30 minutes. [More]

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Santa Cruz, CA Solar Energy

Solar Power in Santa Cruz, CA

Solar Energy Data in Santa Cruz, CA

See the chart below to see how different types of solar panel installations compare in Santa Cruz.

* Amounts listed in kWh/m2/day (kilowatt hours per square meter per day).
* See glossary & definitions below.


Solar Energy Analysis for Santa Cruz, CA

Solar Radiation Data in Santa Cruz

Based on historical Santa Cruz, CA data, solar panels that are tilted towards the equator at an angle equal to the latitude will produce the maximum solar energy output in Santa Cruz. [1]

Santa Cruz has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 4.79 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 4% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 5 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Santa Cruz that are always titled at the latitude of Santa Cruz (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 5.49 kWh/m2/day, or about 15% greater than the average monthly GHI of 4.79 kWh/m2/day and approximately 10% greater than the average monthly DNI of 5 kWh/m2/day. [1]

* See glossary & definitions below.

Solar Energy Glossary

Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI)

Global Horizontal Irradiance: The total amount of solar radiation that is received per unit area by a surface that is always positioned in a horizontal manner.

Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI)

Direct Normal Irradiance: The total amount of solar radiation received per unit area by a surface that is always perpendicular to the sun rays that come in a straight line from the direction of the sun at its current position in the sky.

Average Tilt at Latitude (ATaL)

Average Tilt at Latitude: The total amount of solar radiation received per unit area by a surface that is tilted toward the equator at an angle equal to the current latitude. ATaL will often produce the optimum energy output.

Solar Radiation Levels in Santa Cruz

Solar Radiation Data in Santa Cruz, CA

See the chart below for monthly solar radiation levels in Santa Cruz.

* Amounts listed in kWh/m2/day (kilowatt hours per square meter per day)

Solar Radiation Analysis for Santa Cruz, CA

Solar Radiation Data in Santa Cruz

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Solar Power Comparison: Santa Cruz vs. the U.S.

Solar Power Levels in Santa Cruz

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Solar Power: vs. the U.S.

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Santa Cruz solar radiation levels compare to average levels in a city with historcially high levels (NV) and a city with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).

Solar Data & Statistics for Santa Cruz

Sunrise / Sunset in Santa Cruz

  • Sunrise/Sunset for May 29, 2020 [2]
    • Sunrise: 12:50 pm
    • Sunset: 3:20 am
    • Solar Noon: 8:05 pm
    • Length of Day: 14:30
Solar Energy Statistics for Santa Cruz

Best Months for Solar in Santa Cruz

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation n/a
    • ATaL: June (6.52 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: June (6.53 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (7.24 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Santa Cruz

We do not currently have data on solar panel installations in the city of Santa Cruz, CA at this current time.

However, Santa Cruz is in Santa Cruz County and Santa Cruz County has at least 0 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Santa Cruz

The Power of Solar in Santa Cruz, CA

Monthly AC solar system output averages for Santa Cruz (ca). Month-by-month solar power, as ranked by AC output, in Santa Cruz. [2]

* Amounts listed in kWhac (kilowatt hours (AC))

Solar Output Analysis for Santa Cruz, CA

Solar Radiation Data in Santa Cruz

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Cost of Utilities in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Santa Cruz averaged 21.70 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in February 2020, which was about 69% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 12.85¢/kWh in February. [3]

Solar Power Poll: Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in California averaged $14.55 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in February 2020, which was approximately 57% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $9.26 per Mcf in February. [4]

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Weather Forecast for Santa Cruz, CA [5]

Fri May 29
61°F
Broken Clouds
Min: 59°F
Max: 61°F
Light breeze: 7 mps SSW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 81%
Cloud cover: 81%
Sat May 30
65°F
Light Rain
Min: 58°F
Max: 65°F
Gentle Breeze: 11 mps SSW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 66%
Cloud cover: 35%
Sun May 31
68°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 58°F
Max: 68°F
Light breeze: 6 mps WSW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 58%
Cloud cover: 100%
Mon Jun 1
66°F
Scattered Clouds
Min: 57°F
Max: 66°F
Gentle Breeze: 8 mps SW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 52%
Cloud cover: 40%
Tue Jun 2
66°F
Broken Clouds
Min: 57°F
Max: 66°F
Light breeze: 7 mps SSW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 57%
Cloud cover: 65%
Wed Jun 3
71°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 59°F
Max: 71°F
Light breeze: 7 mps SW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 53%
Cloud cover: 2%

More about Santa Cruz

About Santa Cruz

The city of Santa Cruz, CA in Santa Cruz County has an approximate population of 59,946. [6]

Santa Cruz Solar Power

Santa Cruz, CA Solar Energy

To learn more about solar energy and solar power Santa Cruz, CA, or for more solar-related resources for Santa Cruz, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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